Tennis: Tiger girls' suffer first league loss

In a showdown for the league title, the Douglas High girls' tennis team came up short against a powerful and experienced Reno squad Tuesday in Reno.

The Huskies powered ahead for a 13-5 win, ending a six-match win streak for the Tigers.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was Douglas freshman Amelia Ritger topping previously unbeaten Etta Ozmens from Reno.

Ritger demonstrated her trademark intelligent play as she was able to neutralize her opponent's strength by varying the pace, spin and placement of her shots.

She then took down Reno's No. 2 player 6-1.

The wins put Ritger in position to take the No. 1 seed out of the Sierra League heading into the regional tournament.

Cesarina Ceglia topped Reno's No. 3, and nearly knocked off their No. 2 in a 7-6 tiebreaker loss.

Sarah Barnhill and Lauren Seymour suffered their first league loss of the year in the first round but bounced back to pick up the remainder of Douglas' points in the final two rounds.

Douglas' top two players, Robert Shawhan and Keagan Chipp, teamed up to take three doubles sets from Reno and the team of John McLaughlin and Spike Neri picked up two more, but the Tigers weren't able to do much more against regional-power Reno Tuesday afternoon in Minden.

Marshall Jessup picked up a late singles win in a 12-6 loss to complete Douglas' scoring as Reno's Jeff Mullen swept through the singles bracket losing just one game in two sets.

Douglas' normal No. 3 singles player, Andrew Soloman, took the No. 1 spot for Tuesday's match and nearly knocked off Reno's No. 2 player before falling back 6-4.


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